The Hotel St. Francis provides a unique experience given its prime location in the heart of Santa Fe and a rustic yet cozy ambience. The tiled and candlelit lobby with a fireplace was beautiful at night, but the fireplace was only lit in the evening so it was a little drab during the day. The room had hardwood floors, an uber-comfy bed with loads of pillows, and half-length closet. My (queen) room was on the second floor on side of the hotel overlooking the parking lot, so the view was not exciting average, but there were several windows and they swing open so the breeze is fabulous and you get a bit of sunset too. Traveling solo, it was not an issue to me, but the sink and mirror were in the room, not the bathroom. My room had a rustic wooden bench which added function and decor. The elevator is so slow it is hard to believe it the wait to go one floor, but the is a wide stairwell that arrives at the open space where dozens of black and white photos are on display. As for downstairs, the hotel lounge had a lovely ambience though I just passed through as it was so lovely, all the patrons were couples and I felt a bit awkward for a solo traveler. The parking lot beside and belonging to the hotel is free but first-come, first-serve and always filled up fast. To get a spot, you have to jump on a spot while others are out and about, then stay there. The back-up/overflow parking is the public lot directly across the street, which is easy to access, yet has a quirky procedure--at least until you know the drill and adjust. It states no overnight parking, but you do so anyway, then get ticketed, and turn that ticket in to the hotel front desk which takes care of it. If the front desk explained the process in advance it would have been less awkward. Overall, the property is interesting and convenient to all the shops and restaurants, and the staff is friendly, but it was more of a great place to try once for me...enjoyable, but at their prices, I don't know that I would return. It is definitely a good place to try once, though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named for the patron saint of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the newly remodeled Hotel St. Francis pays respect to the origins of the city with its unique interior. With a palette of natural colors reflecting the days of Santa Fe and handcrafted wood furniture by local artisans, staying at the hotel is a cultural experience. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its recent restoration and renovation expanded the amenities to entertain travelers from across the world. The hotel is located just steps away from the historic Santa Fe plaza. Whether you're planning a weekend escape, a business retreat, or a lavish wedding, the Hotel St. Francis is the ideal destination. "Hotels supporting cultural causes." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel St Francis
- St Francis Hotel